Three straight nights in a row has WWE put on a show from the Barclays Center and we’ve been witness to about 10 hours of pro-wrestling. During that time we’ve had our highs and our lows but it’s been one hell of a ride. A ride I expect to take again WrestleMania weekend but till then we need to cherish the good wrestling that we’ve seen. From matches like Sasha Banks vs Bayley to the return of the Dudley Boys this has been one hell of a weekend for WWE.
Opening Segment: Hit
There is no better Brock Lesnar than angry Brock Lesnar, while the finish to last night’s match was complete horseshit the outcome from it has already been spectacular. Paul Heyman is a master wordsmith and adds so many layers to not only Lesnar’s character but to the show as a whole. I use to question why so many men hung on every word he said and trusted him so much…He easily creates this sense of doubt in your mind and quickly fills it with his agenda, better than just about any politician out there today.
When you add in WWE’s new punching bag Bo Dallas this segment just got even better. The fact that Lesnar picked up Dallas and flung him around like I use to my wrestle buddies was amazing. I could watch replays of that over and over again…to be honest we pretty much did. I wouldn’t be against Dallas vs Lesnar at the MSG show, but would much rather something with a little bit more substance to it.
Lucha Dragons vs The New Day: Hit
New Day went from a near scrapped idea to being one of the most entertaining aspects of Raw….only downside is they haven’t really had a babyface team to go against. Prime Time Players were fine for a minute, but they have fizzled out pretty quickly. I was hoping that the Lucha Dragons could prove that much needed babyface role…then it hit me that they are barley over.
Would we ever get the team that New Day deserves as an opponent? Until then can we talk about how amazing they have been over the last 24 hours? The song gimmick has been nothing short of classic, and the trombone was so original. Xavier Woods may never wrestle another match again, but man he adds so much to from the outside of the ring. Playing Taps at the end was brilliant.
As I expected Enzo & Cass to make their debut I was even more surprised when I saw Buh Buh Ray & D-Von Dudley emerge from the back…the kid in me screamed with excitement as they made their way down to the ring. The near thirty year-old me also did the same thing. The Dudleys are exactly what the tag team division needs and what will help the New Day reach that next level status.
Congrats to John Cena for giving 500 children an experience of a lifetime, still crazy to me that people think WWE will take that and turn it heel. Cena will forever be a good guy…we just need to get over it.
That Seth Rollins statue is horrific…I think Fantastic Four was a better creation then that mess.
Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs The Wyatt Family: Hit
I feel like there is a trend tonight…WWE seems to be riding the wave that NXT Brooklyn started. The idea that Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose turning on one another has been talked about for months now, but it seems like it will remain just that, talk.
As for the Wyatt Family holy shit did they actually get interesting again? The match was good and it was on par with the work these guys have done in the past, but the whole feud had been missing some excitement…enter Braun Stowman (name will likely change) the Black Sheep of the Wyatt Family and one very large man.
For sure Stowman and Luke Harper need to take over the Tag Team Division, but for now this adds a much needed new wrinkle to this otherwise dull feud. I’m curious if Reigns & Ambrose add another to their crew or if they play the underdog from here on out.
And here we go….Leave it up to the segment that I’ve been trying to get rid of for months now to bring down the vibe of the show. Miz needs to ditch the talk show and WWE needs to ditch this idea that we need the divas forced down our throats. These ladies have talent and have been killing it in the ring…so please stop doing whatever it is you think you are accomplishing WWE. Just treat them like they are equal…which they are…and stop treating them like they are the side show of Raw.
Team Bella vs Team PCB: Hit
The Brooklyn Crowd: Botch
Honestly if we are going to do this right we need the fans to stop trying to get over. The stupid chants are funny at times, but honestly we all want the divas (at least most of us) to get treated like equals but instead you feel the need to chant foolish shit at them. Aside from the Sasha Banks chants those dweebs could have shut the hell up and it would have been better for the match.
These ladies put on another solid showing and they continue to give us some great work, not sure why they continue to make it seem like they aren’t?
Stardust/King Barrett/Neville Segment: Botch
Why breakup the Cosmic Kings so soon? I was already for them to be added to the tag team division as these over the top version of comic book villains leading up to a traditional Survivor Series match…but that’s the problem with fantasy booking it never even comes close to what they give you.
John Stewart/John Cena Segment: Hit
WWE wasn’t holding back tonight…this really was like a post-Mania Raw. John Stewart comes back to explain his actions last night, and while I really hated the finish last night tonight it made a little more since…also Ric Flair came out so all can be forgiven.
The confrontation between John Cena & Stewart was a reminder to the Jerry Lawler & Andy Kaufman stuff from back in the day. Stewart tap danced around Cena’s ultra-serious promo with his witty since of humor, too bad that all it got him was one of the stiffest looking AA’s I’ve ever seen.
Stewart can come back whenever he likes, because he seems like he actually enjoys it and he doesn’t pull the MGK sell.
Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, Randy Orton & Cesaro vs Rusev, Big Show, Sheamus & Kevin Owens: Botch
There was actually nothing wrong with this match, there was just too much going on in it for it to really be fun. I understand that everyone is feuding with everyone else and for some reason we needed a fudge cluster of a match to showcase that, but I’d rather a segment or two and just a normal tag match or singles match to happen. No need to force feed everything into one show even if you have three hours to do so. To be perfectly honest would have rather something with Sasha Banks here.
The ending where Rusev & Owens attacked Big Show, which set up for the faces to destroy Show with the oddest RKO ever might have been the best part of the whole thing.
Bray Wyatt Promo: Hit
This might have been the best Bray Wyatt promo since his debut. It actually made sense and maybe I’m just riding the high of Stowman’s debut but I feel like there really is new life in the Wyatt Family. Hopefully this doesn’t fall flat in a week or two.
Seth Rollins Statue Segment: Hit?
We all expected someone to be under that curtain, but before we got to see who it was we were given some interesting moments.
Steph & Triple H led us all in singing happy birthday to Vince, who turned 70 today. Odd moment to break out in song but they own the company I just pretend like I know what I’m talking about.
After all that was said and done we got yet another over the top, 5 minutes too long, classic promo from Seth Rollins where he quoted everything from my childhood besides the Mighty Ducks. I loved every minute of it and it seems like everyone has fallen into the cheer for the bad guy trap with Rollins.
So we finally get to the unveiling of the statue aka who is behind curtain number one. Twitter assumed it was everyone from John Cena, Kane w/ the mask, Taker to Finn Balor….but instead it was Sting who basically challenged Seth Rollins to a match at Night of Champions …Yippie!!
Honestly it would have been better if it was any of the other guys I listed above. Sting is fine for a Bellator level nostalgia match, but to see him in the main event for the World Title is a bit much to me. Regardless it will be at least one of the matches we see Seth Rollins in at Night of Champions.